Police chiefs in Bangkok have come up with a new way of punishing officers who break the rules: an Hello Kitty armband. This armband is large, bright pink and has a Hello Kitty motif with two hearts embroidered on it.
If an officer parks in the wrong place, or shows up late for work, or is seen dropping a bit of litter on the sidewalk, he can be ordered to wear this insignia for several days.
“This new twist is expected to make them feel guilt and shame and prevent them from repeating the offense, no matter how minor,” said Pongpat Chayaphan, acting chief of the Crime Suppression Division. “Kitty is a cute icon for young girls. It’s not something macho police officers want covering their biceps.”
The New York Times